Meaningful Use

"In creating this flexibility, CMS is proposing a level of complexity that increases the burden on eligible clinicians," HIMSS told acting CMS administrator Andy Slavitt in a June 27 letter.

By Mike Miliard 11:09 am June 28, 2016
The deadline to submit comments on the sweeping payment and delivery changes proposed by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was June 27. Most major health organization have made their voices heard.
ONC EHR interoperability

DirectTrust CEO David Kibbe, MD, said that the federal government and healthcare industry need a new dialogue about how health data is centralized, de-centralized, secured and accessed. Source: Senate.help.gov. 

By Diana Manos 07:39 am June 21, 2016
Several experts contend that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is attacking the wrong problems and the last thing anyone needs is more prescriptive regulation about EHR functionality, usability and quality measurement.

"American physicians have become the most expensive data entry workforce on the face of the planet," said American Medical Association Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD.

By Jessica Davis 03:30 pm June 13, 2016
James L. Madara, MD, addressed the 2016 AMA Annual Meeting, stressing the need to weed out electronic products that waste providers’ time and confuse patients.
MACRA
By Mike Miliard 10:45 am June 07, 2016
Stakeholders have until June 27 to weigh in with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Why should you? Experts say the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act is an aggressive and transformational piece of rulemaking. 
MACRA EHR Interoperability

AMA President Steven Stack, MD, said that the time has come to leave the flawed measures of meaningful use behind and advance interoperability under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. 

By Bernie Monegain 10:05 am June 06, 2016
The American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association call on ONC to rethink how it measures interoperability. Rather than simply gauging data exchange, they contend, ONC should focus on better care coordination.

ONC's new tool includes pricing and product limitation data to help providers comparison shop for EHRs.

By Tom Sullivan 09:19 am June 01, 2016
The new tool includes pricing and product limitation data to help make the process of selecting an electronic health record system less complex, according to National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD. 
ONC EHR interoperability health data sharing

National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD (seen here speaking at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas), said on Tuesday that the healthcare industry must stop holding tightly onto patient data, because American consumers are ready to access it.

By Tom Sullivan 07:45 am June 01, 2016
There needs to be a better business case for sharing data because consumers expect it and HIPAA allows it, said National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD. And Americans are growing increasingly impatient. 
ONC EHR interoperability

Deputy Principal National Coordinator Vindell Washington, MD, said now that the electronic health record system infrastructure is in place, the nation can collect on that digital dividend. 

By Tom Sullivan 02:40 pm May 31, 2016
Now that almost all U.S. hospital are using electronic health records, the industry is ready for the next phase of information sharing, improved outcomes and collecting the digital dividend.
ONC Karen DeSalvo interoperability EHRs

National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, said new data from ONC and the American Hospital Association shows nearly universal adotion of electronic health records among U.S. hospitals. 

By Mike Miliard 11:15 am May 31, 2016
Half of hospitals routinely use patient information received electronically from other providers, which National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD said is an indication of how far the healthcare industry has come for both patients and clinicians.

Allscripts President Rick Poulton said that interoperability between a single vendor’s set of solutions is easy but passing data between different vendors takes an attitude as much as it does technology. 

By Bill Siwicki 07:52 am May 31, 2016
With meaningful use winding down, Poulton urged other EHR makers to work on technologies that enable providers to be more effective in the changing world or healthcare. 

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